The Black Shark 4 is a high-end gaming phone that doesn’t look like one

Xiaomi’s Black Shark brand has announced that they have their fourth series of game phones, the Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro. They improve on the previous series in most of the ways you would expect. It has a faster processor, moving up to the Snapdragon 870 in the standard Black Shark 4 and the Snapdragon 888 in the Pro 4. Both phones also come with fast LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage, though each comes in different configurations.

The Black Shark 4 starts with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for 2,499 Chinese Yuan (around $ 383), while the Pro 4 starts at 3,999 Yuan (around $ 613) and has 8GB of It has RAM with 256GB of storage. These will begin in China on Friday, March 26, and the company says an overseas launch will take place “soon.”

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As is almost the case in the world of game phones, Black Shark has jumped Asus and RedMagic – some of its biggest competition in the niche gaming phone space – when it comes to friction sampling or cia how many times the display can touch recording. Both the Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro are at 720Hz friction sampling rate with 8.3ms friction delay, which they say is the industry’s best. This spec won’t make a difference in the daily use of most people’s phones, but some gamers may care hard.

Both phones have the mechanical shoulder buttons that were introduced in the previous Black Shark phones, although the company says that it improved the look and feel with “magnetic power pick-up” technology. ”, Making them feel faster to click, as well as weaving more into the phone design. Speaking of the appearance of these new phones, they are by far more attractive than the previous models.

This is the Black Shark 2, which introduced the pressure-sensitive display that lets you map two actions to one location on the screen.
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In addition to the shoulder buttons, there is still a pressure-sensitive display on these phones that I really liked in the Black Shark 2. With the shoulder and screen buttons like this, you can repaint mobile game controls to be a little more comfortable.

Unlike last year’s model, the Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro have identical displays. Both have 6.67-inch OLED screens with a 144Hz refresh rate. Like the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate I recently reviewed, these phones have dual front-facing speakers with claims that they have good spatial audio separation. Also like that Asus phone, Black Shark announced that a fan accessory called FunCooler 2 Pro can be attached to keep it cooler. The price for that is 199 yuan (about $ 30).